Fencing in the Mirror
Suriname is a small Caribbean nation on the Atlantic coast of South America. It has a population of a little over half a million people. If you’re like me, you had probably never heard of it. And you’ve certainly never heard of Edward Gessel.
Edward Gessel serves as the Chairmen of Suriname’s Special Olympics delegation. Suriname’s participation in the Special Olympics was nothing less than improbable. In the months leading up to the Games, Gessel had a problem. There were no funds to pay for the travel expenses for his delegation. Gessel had to stare down an ominous ledger every day, and the math was not in his favor. The $3000 plane ticket to the Games is more than the average Surinamese household income. Getting the funds to send the delegation to Los Angeles seemed impossible.
Left with no other recourse, Edward Gessel mortgaged his home. With the funds from this selfless act
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